Unprecedented Public, Private & Nonprofit Sector Partnership Will Focus on Summer Jobs & Paid Internships for City’s Disconnected & At-Risk Youth
—Mayor Edwin M. Lee, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and United Way of the Bay Area today announced the launch of San Francisco Summer Jobs+, the local response to President Barack Obama’s national call to action to create pathways to employment for youth this Summer. The goal of the San Francisco Summer Jobs+ program is to partner with San Francisco businesses, nonprofits and government agencies to create 5,000 jobs and paid internships for City youth, with a focus on low-income and disconnected young people.
During the Corporate Challenge Summit today in City Hall, Mayor Lee urged San Francisco business leaders to join him in his effort to create jobs or sponsor summer internships for youth to boost the local economy and introduce new talent and skills into the San Francisco workforce.
“I’m calling on all San Francisco companies to take on this challenge to support the youth of San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “Creating meaningful employment opportunities for our young people today will set them up for success now and in the future.”
“Summer jobs were a centerpiece of President Obama’s American Jobs Act because they are an investment in America’s young people, our economy, and our future,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “Now our city, led by Mayor Ed Lee, is rising to the challenge with San Francisco Summer Jobs+ which will get young people into workplaces, gaining skills, knowledge, and experience. This partnership between businesses, nonprofits and government will strengthen our youth, our city, and indeed our nation.”
“America’s young people face record unemployment, and we need to do everything we can to make sure they’ve got the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job,” said President Obama. “It’s important for their future, and for America’s. That’s why I proposed a summer jobs program for youth in the American Jobs Act – a plan that Congress failed to pass. America’s youth can’t wait for Congress to act. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. That’s why today, we’re launching Summer Jobs+, a joint initiative that challenges business leaders and communities to join my Administration in providing hundreds of thousands of summer jobs for America’s youth.”
President Obama’s Summer Jobs+ is a call to action for businesses, non-profits, and government to work together to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth in the summer. The President proposed $1.5 billion for high-impact summer jobs and year-round employment for low-income youth ages 16-24 in the American Jobs Act as part of the Pathways Back to Work fund. When Congress failed to act, the Federal government and private sector came together to commit to creating nearly 180,000 employment opportunities for low-income youth in the summer of 2012, with a goal of reaching 250,000 employment opportunities by the start of summer, at least 100,000 of which will be placements in paid jobs and internships. United Way is leading the San Francisco Bay Area in support of the President’s Summer Jobs+.
“Last year, 1 in 5 of California young adults, ages 16 to 24, were unemployed but actively seeking employment and willing to work. We need to create opportunities for them to gain the professional skills that will enable them to become financially stable and contribute to our community,” said United Way of the Bay Area CEO Anne Wilson. “I urge Bay Area companies to rise to the challenge by pledging jobs or sponsoring summer internships that will give youth the support they need to infuse our economy with new skills and leadership.”
United Way of the Bay Area has already secured commitments for an additional 250 jobs and paid internships pledged by 15 Bay Area companies. The companies participated in a series of Community Conversations hosted by United Way in February as part of President Obama’s Summer Jobs+ and the White House Council on Community Solutions’ 100-Day effort to put low-income youth on pathways to education and work. Local companies such as salesforce.com, Jamba Juice, UPS and sf.citi with Twitter and Zynga have already committed to subsidizing youth employment or hiring youth this Summer. Many more from the hospitality to banking to retail to other vital San Francisco industries are ready to commit to the Mayor’s challenge. Other local companies will support the effort with funding to underwrite internships. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has already agreed to provide $125,000 to provide summer internships for San Francisco youth. AT&T has committed to hiring 20 San Francisco youth for paid internships and $25,000. Bank of America and Wells Fargo have also committed $50,000 each.
San Francisco has a strong history of youth employment, and the City and County of San Francisco has committed to create at least 2,500 jobs and internships within existing Department budgets this Summer through programs funded by the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families and through programs like Project Pull at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
SF Summer Jobs+ builds on the success of existing programs and issues a new call-to-action to the private sector to support and engage youth. In addition, Summer Jobs+ establishes a new, centralized database, which youth advocates can use to capture the number of private-sector positions created throughout the City, enabling them to better measure and improve corporate engagement in the future. Young job seekers should apply through MatchBridge, the youth-employment program of United Way of the Bay Area and the San Francisco Department of Children Youth and their Families. AfterCollege.com is also partnering with San Francisco Summer Jobs+ to connect college students and recent grads to employers through a jobs portal.
For more information about San Francisco Summer Jobs+, go to HireSFYouth.org
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